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Heavy consigment of illicit goods destroyed in Tiko

A heavy consignment of illicit goods comprised of contraband drugs, cigarettes and biodegradable plastics worth over FCFA 100 million have…

A heavy consignment of illicit goods comprised of contraband drugs, cigarettes and biodegradable plastics worth over FCFA 100 million have been seized and destroyed in the Tiko, South West Region of Cameroon.

Officials of the Tiko customs unit said the goods were seized during controls and raids from the month of December 2017 to March 2018.

The head of the team Fourou Ferdinand presented 624 bags of non biodegradable plastics, 766 cartons of expired drugs, 158 cartons of fake cigarettes, to the local population before they were all destroyed.

It took the vigilance of the officials to track down and seize these goods from unscrupulous businessmen who have deviced several strategies to smuggle them into the market, officials said.

Custom authorities in Tiko have deviced a new strategy in checking goods immediately they arrive at the port given that unscrupulous businessmen embed these goods deep into bags of accepted goods, authorities said.

The illicit goods weighing over 30.000 kg were taken to the outskirts of the town as the cigarettes and drugs were burnt down while the plastics were destroyed and passed on to the Regional Delegation of Forestry and Wildlife for recycling.

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